Friday, July 19, 2013

4 Top Snorkeling Spots in Thailand

A big thank you to Milda for her contribution this week!

Thailand can offer many great experiences, but has been known for its incredible snorkelling spots. With crystal clear waters, beautiful weather, and gorgeous fish, you are sure to have an unforgettable adventure. While there are plenty of different places you can go snorkeling, let's just go over 4 of the more popular places.

Similan Islands
These islands have some of the clearest and most beautiful waters in all of Thailand. The Similan National Park is where you will have access to the best dive sites and although some dive spots will be open all year long, the best ones will only be open from about November through April. There are plenty of different diving experiences that are offered for all levels of divers. 

Some areas of the islands are closed to the public due to conservation efforts and protection programs. Some of the most beautiful diving spots ended up being closed to the public due to rapid deterioration, so make sure to treat the environment with respect to keep these beautiful environments as preserved as possible. 

Surin Island
The Surin Islands consist of 5 separate islands and all can provide a great time, with the two main islands being Ko Surin Nuea as well as Ko Surin Tai. The Mu Ko Surin National Park is home to many different world famous dive sites that all divers wish to explore. There are also some of the most pristine reefs located here, making the whole diving experience even greater. 

Besides diving, there are also other attractions that could appeal to most adventure seekers. There is a broad selection of wildlife living on the islands, so hiking can provide some interesting sights. The national park offers some different tours and activities for visitors, while some of the locals provide boat tours for cheap prices. No matter what, you will always find something to keep you entertained and happy.

Koh Tao
Koh Tao is an island located by the Gulf of Thailand. The entire island's economic success is mostly due to the massive amount of tourist that visit each year and also provides incredible diving spots that can entertain anyone. Not only does this incredible island provide great diving spots, but you can also go on some hiking adventures, rock climbing, and plenty more. This island wasn't always a popular tourist destination, so it is considered to be underdeveloped, but is has seen more and more development as tourism continues to increase. You can check out a much more comprehensive breakdown of the island
Phi Phi Islands
Located between Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast, the Phi Phi Islands are a highly frequented place due to divers and tourists from all over the world. The islands have a tropical climate, making the hot season January through April and the rainy season from May to December. While the best times to dive at during the hot season, the Islands can still provide great experiences all year long. Most of the beautiful beaches and clear waters are protected by the National Park Status, but allow tourists access to certain areas. 

These islands have only recently started to become extremely popular to tourists and remains highly underdeveloped, partially due to the Tsunami disaster that took place in 2004. There are many things for visitors to do other than diving, including kayaking, hiking, visiting local entertainment centers, and plenty more. There are no hotel or other large accommodations on the smaller islands, so it is recommended that you find a place to stay prior to going to those islands, or make sure to be able to make it back to your hotel before everything closes. 

A lot of the more dangerous diving spots require a diving certification to be explored. Remember to always take caution when diving or adventuring in places that are unknown to you, the last thing you want is to cut your trip short because of something that could have easily been avoided.

About the Author:
Milda is the Community Manager @ Born in Lithuania, studied in the UK, traveled around Asia and taught in Africa. Now residing in Singapore where, equipped with strong cup of coffee and surrounded by an amazing team she is running the Community blog and blogging about amazing destinations, adventures, events and best hotels in Asia. 
Overall, if you are a snorkelling fanatic or adventure seeker, then Thailand has an incredible selection of places for you to check out. While we only went over the four major destinations, you can be sure that there are plenty of others that are worth your time.


  1. In initially misread the title as "4 Top Smoking Spots in Thailand," and then I ran a quick mental check wondering if it meant a place to smoke a cigarette/etc. or "smoking" like "Oh man, this club is smoking!" I then proceeded to find out that I was wrong.

  2. The blog is absolutely fantastic. Lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need. Thanks.

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